I am a pre-medicine student who believes that there is tremendous value in reading, thinking about, and discussing classic literature.
This blog serves a few purposes:
1) To catalyze my own thinking and learning about literature through the act of presentation.
2) To keep me motivated to regularly read non-science works amidst my studies. I would like to be multi-dimensional, and I find artificial distinctions between types of knowledge, or disciplines, constricting; human interests are naturally broad and varied, and where curiosity is not yet tamed, it is beautiful. By way of example, Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic, and amateur artist. Imagine meeting him and asking our favorite one-dimensional question, ‘What do you do?’
3) More generally, to learn what it means to embrace the human experience; to become a person who engages thoughtfully, openly, and consequently richly, with life and its vicissitudes; to cut back a path, using the pointed reflections of others, to what is fundamental in life. To discover, as Thoreau sought, how to:
Live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
4) Hopefully, to offer something of value to whoever happens to read my posts.